Assist with airway management

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver HLTANA003, 'Assist with airway management'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
Reference books for 'Assist with airway management' on This online store has a huge range of books, pretty reasonable prices, free delivery in Australia *and* they give a small commission to for every purchase, so go nuts :)

Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements define the essential outcomes

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element

1. Select, check and prepare airway management equipment in accordance with manufacturer’s guidelines

1.1 Review information about client and type of surgical procedure and anticipate type and calculate size of airway management equipment

1.2 Identify and respond to situations where anaesthetist needs to confirm selection

1.3 Conduct pre-use safety check of selected equipment

1.4 Diagnose airway management equipment faults and rectify within scope of role

1.5 Prepare and position equipment for use following safe manual handling techniques

2. Perform bag and mask ventilation

2.1 Position patient for bag/mask ventilation

2.2 Confirm adequate ventilation and rectify any issues preventing adequate ventilation

2.3 Insert oropharyngeal and/or nasopharyngeal airway if indicated

2.4 In consultation with the anaesthetist determine when to cease bag/mask ventilation

3. Assist with insertion of supraglottic airway devices (SAD)

3.1 Select, conduct pre-use check and prepare (SAD)

3.2 Anticipate needs of the anaesthetist

3.3 Assist with positioning of client

3.4 Provide assistance during insertion

3.5 Inflate cuff of SAD in accordance with manufacturer’s guidelines, clinical indications and anaesthetist’s directions

3.6 Secure airway into position when directed

4. Assist with insertion of endotracheal, orally or nasally and/or endobronchial tubes

4.1 Select, conduct pre-use check and prepare endotracheal or endobronchial tube and other intubation equipment

4.2 Assist with positioning of client for intubation

4.3 Anticipate needs of the anaesthetist

4.4 Provide assistance with insertion including use of stylet, bougie and/or cricoid manipulation

4.5 If applicable, inflate cuff according to industry standard.

4.6 When indicated, assist with insertion of throat pack including appropriate documentation of insertion/removal

4.7 If directed, use a stethoscope to identify breathing sounds

4.8 Secure airway into position when directed

5. Assist with rapid sequence induction

5.1 Determine rationale for rapid sequence induction

5.2 Select, conduct pre-use check and prepare equipment for rapid sequence induction

5.3 Inform client of procedures to be completed by the anaesthetic technician

5.4 Apply cricoid pressure , monitor patient for vomiting and remove pressure when instructed by the anaesthetist

5.5 Assist with insertion of endotracheal tube

5.6 Secure airway into position if directed.

6. Assist with predicted difficult airway/intubation

6.1 Discuss and confirm equipment preparation, intubation plan and contingencies with anaesthetist

6.2 Select, undertake pre-use safety checks and prepare required equipment

6.3 Inform client of tasks to be undertaken by anaesthetic technician.

6.4 Anticipate anaesthetist needs in patient preparation and assist throughout intubation

6.5 When appropriate, return clean equipment to storage location and send used equipment for processing.

6.6 Debrief with anaesthetic team on outcome of intubation.

7. Assist with connection/ disconnection of client to/from ventilation equipment

7.1 Select and prepare ventilation equipment and materials

7.2 Set ventilation modes and parameters and ensure warning devices are switched on, tested and are registering that the equipment is safe prior to use with client

7.3 Observe equipment whilst in use and take action immediately if fault develops to avoid danger to equipment, clients and staff

7.4 Follow established procedures to rectify faulty equipment

7.5 Check client’s physiological parameters when required or as directed by anaesthetist

7.6 Identify, validate and report deviations from acceptable limits of physiological parameters to the medical practitioner

7.7 Report signs of client discomfort, distress or adverse reaction to the anaesthetist

8. Assist in management of client’s airway during emergence phase

8.1 Assist anaesthetist with client positioning to facilitate management of client’s airway

8.2 Assist anaesthetist to optimise oxygenation of client

8.3 Assist with oral/nasal/endotracheal/SAD suctioning.

8.4 Assist anaesthetist as required during SAD removal or extubation and be prepared for possible reintubation

8.5 Provide reassurance to the client and take action to limit injury

8.6 Observe client’s condition throughout the procedure and take action when required or at the direction of the anaesthetist